Food & Drink, Venues

Etc. Nov. 2013

Party With The Fishes

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Not only has Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s recent opening at the foot of the CN Tower added a major attraction to Toronto but also a spectacular, one-of-a-kind event venue that’s all about education, sustainability and conservation. The two-story facility, the largest indoor aquarium in Canada, is home to over 15,000 marine animals, 50 live exhibits, over 100 interactive displays, and more. During daytime hours, private events are either held in an area overlooking the Dangerous Lagoon, the largest exhibit (Capacity: 75), or one of two classrooms (Capacity: 20 each).

Private venue buyout after 7 p.m. begins January 2014 with full use of the aquarium for up to 1,200 guests including the lobby (Capacity: 400). We love the idea of socializing “underwater,” cocktail in hand, as a moving pathway transports us through the Dangerous Lagoon viewing tunnel surrounded by the world’s fiercest underwater predators. Event enhancements include guided tours and custom dive shows.

Chef Launches Catering Biz

After five years of overseeing The Stop Community Food Centre’s catering operations, Chef Chris Brown has assumed the lease of the Davenport Road kitchen in launching Citizen Catering. Chef and co-owner of the former Perigree restaurant and a co-founder of The Group of Seven Chefs, Brown is a proven advocate for bringing “community” together over food. The name “Citizen,” says Brown, reflects his belief that food should be personalized, using sustainable, quality ingredients that support local producers.

Along with providing off-site culinary service, Citizen Catering will be hosting Friday night family-style meals in its own kitchen starting in January. The kitchen is also available for private events of up to 30 sit down including VIP wining and dining and culinary teambuilding.

Two-bite Treats

Sometimes a name says it all as in Bite Me Bakery, a cute confectionary shop on St. Clair West specializing in mini desserts that are big on flavour and irreverence. Reinforcing the shop’s wink-wink-nudge-nudge attitude are cheeky cupcake descriptors such as Dirrrty Girl (cookies N crème) and Get Lei’d (toasted coconut). With over 35 flavours available, the cupcake menu includes booze-infused creations and “mancakes.” For events, the bakery tops cupcakes with edible rice paper logos.

Believing dessert in moderation is a good thing, hence the mini portions, owner Dayna Richardson, a fitness buff, also bakes up a full range of other bite-size goodies including cake pops, cookies, petite fours, tartlets, dessert shooters and meringue kisses. Sassy and deliciously decadent!